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Steven Hernandez is a New Jersey DWI lawyer who specializes in DWI defense and uses his knowledge of forensic science and case law to protect the rights of his clients.  He is one of the few attorneys who regularly takes DWI case to trial.  He represents DWI cases all over the state of New Jersey.

Mr. Hernandez is a Sustaining member in the pretigous National College for DUI Defense (NCDD) and the DUI Defense Lawyers Association (DUIDLA), actively participating in many of their rigorous training seminars they conduct. 

Mr. Hernandez has successfully completed the DUI Detection & Standardized Field Sobriety Testing, and is one of a handful of NJ lawyers to be trained as a Field Sobriety Test Instructor and was the first attorney in New Jersey to receive his Forensic Sobriety Assessment (FSA) Certificate, by demonstrating knowledge of the science and forensic use of roadside sobriety testing.  He is also a certified Alcotest 7110 operator.

Mr. Hernandez has completed over 120 hours of analytical forensic chromatography, which is the manner in which blood and urine DWIs are analyzed. In 2014, he successfully completed the American Chemistry Society's (ACS) Lawyer-Scientist examination. 

Mr. Hernandez is on of the few lawyers recognized by the New Jersey Supreme Court as a Certified Municipal Court Trial Lawyer.  

Attorney Steven Hernandez is dedicated to your DWI defense and uses his experience and knowledge to protect your rights.

Please visit his New Jersey DWI Blog for more information.

For a free case consultation, please call (732) 286-2700.



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  1. DUI & DWI: 100%
    12 years



Fixed (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Dale A. Hayes Jr.

    Steve has established himself nationally as a premiere DUI attorney. I have attended and completed advanced courses on DUI defense practices with Steve and have found him to be an excellent criminal defense attorney. I would not hesitate to refer a friend or family member to Steve for representation.


    Dale Hayes DUI and DWI Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

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    Steve and I co-counseled a sexual assault in Ocean and Monmouth County, New Jersey, where we were able to get the charges dismissed pre-indictment. Steve is an excellent resource for DWI law and is extremely knowledgeable on the most current topics


    John Koufos
    Relationship: Worked together on matter


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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Certified Municipal Court Trial LawyerNew Jersey Supreme Court2015
Pass Lawyer-Scientist ExaminationAmerican Chemical Society2014
Forensic DUI Drug CertificateAxion Labs2014
Certificate Forensic Solid Drug AnalysisAxion Labs2013
ARIDEImpaired Driving Specialists2013
NCDD Summer SessionNational College for DUI Defense2012
DRE Overview CertificateImpaired Driving Specialist2011
Certified Alcotest OperatorDraeger2011
Certificate of Completion: SFST InstructorImpaired Driving Specialists2011
Forensic Chromatography CertificateAxion Labs2011
Cert. of Completion for DUI Detection & SFSTImpaired Driving Specialists2010
Certificate in Forensic Sobriety AssessmentForensic Sobriety Assesment2010
Deans ListRutgers University School of Law2001
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
CEO & Chief DWI/DUI LawyerThe Hernandez Law Firm, P.C.2007 - Present
Pool AttorneyOcean County Public Defender2007 - 2012
Pool AttorneyMonmouth County Public Defender2007 - 2008
AssociateLaw Office of Robert L. Tarver, Jr.2004 - 2007
InternOcean County Prosecutor2003 - 2003
InternOcean County Prosecutor2002 - 2002
Association namePosition nameDuration
New Jersey State Bar Association, Municipal Court Practice SectionChair Elect2014 - Present
National College for DUI Defense (NCDD)Sustaining Member2013 - Present
New Jersey State Bar Association, Municipal Court Practice SectionTrustee2010 - Present
New Jersey Bar Association Municipal Court Practice SectionMember2010 - Present
National College of DUI DefenseN/A2009 - Present
Ocean County Bar AssociationMember2004 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember2004 - Present
New Jersey Bar AssociationMember2004 - Present
New Jersey State Bar Association, Municipal Court Practice SectionVice Chair2012 - 2014
New Jersey State Bar Association, Municipal Court Practice SectionSr. Legislative Coordinator2011 - 2012
Ocean County Bar AssoCo-Chair Municipal Court Practice Section2010 - 2012
Ocean County Bar, Municipal Court Practice CommitteeMember2009 - 2012
National College of DUI DefenseGeneral Member2009 - 2013
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
DWI Dismissed in LakewoodDismissal
.14 DWI Dismissed in Port RepublicDWI dismissed!
DWI in Highlands Municipal CourtLower tier DWI.
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Publication nameTitleDate
Lawyers & Judges Publishing CompanyNew Jersey DWI Defense: The Law and Practice2016
Inside the Minds: Witness Preparation and Examination in DUI Proceedings, 2014 EditionDUI Witness Preparation: It’s all about preparation and protection.2014
Inside the Minds: Navigating DUI Drug CasesDefending the Indefensible, the Drug DUI Case2012
Trends in DUI Discovery, 2012 ed.: Leading Lawyers on Developing Effective and Innovative Discovery PracticesDiscovery needed to successfully challenge a DUI Observation case.2012
Inside the Minds Negotiating a Plea Deal in DUI CasesPLEAD OR TRIAL: WHEN PLEA BARGAINING DWI’S IS PROHIBITED!2011
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Axion LabsN/ACert. of Completion Forensic DUI Drug2014
Trial Skills UniversityN/AField Sobriety Testing2014
Trial Skills UniversityN/ABlood Evidence in DWI Cases: Mastering the Science2014
Axion LabsN/ACert. of Completion Forensic Solid Drug Dose2013
MacCarthy on CrossN/AN/A2012
NCDD Summer SessionN/AN/A2012
Mastering Scientific EvidenceN/AN/A2012
Axion LabsN/ACert. of Completion Forensic Chromatography2011
NCDDSummer Session held at Harvard Law SchoolN/A2011
National College of DUI DefenseSummer Session at Harvard Law SchoolN/A2010
Rutgers University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2004
Rutgers University, CamdenBusiness AdministrationBS - Bachelor of Science1998
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
New Jersey State Bar Association Annual ConventionUsing Field Sobriety Testing in Municipal Court2016
New Jersey State Bar Foundation Annual ConventionalHandling a DRE Marijuana case2015
New Jersey State Bar Association, Municipal Court Practice SectionHandling a Marijuana DWI in Municipal Court2014
New Jersey Bar Association Annual ConventionForensic Science & Municipal Court2014
DUI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing Student CourseDUI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing2014
Municipal Court for the UninitiatedMunicipal Court for the Uninitiated2013
Field Sobriety TestingField Sobriety Testing2013
New Jersey State Bar Association, Municipal Court Practice SectionField Sobriety Testing2012
Atlantic County Municipal Defense AssociationField Sobriety Testing2012
12 Angry CreditsField Sobriety Testing2012
Field Sobriety TestingField Sobriety Testing2011
ABC's of DWIDWI2011
Business Networking InternationalWhy I defend DWI2010